May 19, 2008

The New Way To Read

Now that I have a car I'm always listening to books on DVD. I'm hooked on them. My whole office has started doing it. We're big into history. My first was "Team of Rivals", Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about Lincoln. Then I followed up with "1776" by David McCullough, "Fiasco" by Thomas Ricks and now we are all sharing a 30 disc history of the United States. My co-workers and I stroll around the office with our heads full of useless trivia. We are constantly spouting wacky facts to one another. Like slaves in America used to be white. They were the riff-raff and prisoners from Europe but they kept running away and assimilating into society. Then someone had the idea of using black slaves because they would stand out in white society. I never knew that horrible fact. At the start of the revolution each soldier was given about nine bullets. Some were even given spears to use at close range as not to waste precious bullets and gun powder. A little different than going into Falluja. The women in the office think we are retarded. We have no off button. It does turn my car rides into pure bliss. Any book suggestions?


marcia said...

wish I had some of your loonies in my office...

not exactly historical, but I liked "Moneyball" (how the Oakland A's built up a winning team), "In Cold Blood" (classic!), and "On the Road" read by Matt Dillon (great Kerouac quotes throughout).

Eileen said...

I am in Texas where the shelves are only filled with history books. "Einstein" and "Benjamin Franklin" by Walter Isaacson. David McCullough wrote a bunch, one being "The Great Bridge" which is about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Sorry, ahead of time to the women of the office. I can sympathize.

Tommy Kane said...

I read all the McCullough's. I have Moneyball in paperback.

Tommy Kane said...

On the Road is a good one.

Anonymous said...

i think you should move on to some fiction.


Megan said...

I don't know how it sounds on tape, but I would recommend The Poisonwood Bible. It has nothing to do with history but is an excellent novel nonetheless.

Felicity said...

So getting speared was adding insult to injury!

Peggasus said...

That's practically all I read, history. Besides anything by McCullough, which you already have covered, two of my favorites are Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie (Pulitzer Prize winner for biography for this book) and A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman, which is a History of the Calamitous Fourteenth Century. I don't know if they're on DVD though.

Currenetly I am reading 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson. I LOVE it. Talk about facts to spout off about! But why do you say 'useless trivia' like it's a bad thing? Heh.

paula abreu said...

Try "A Little History of the World", by E. H. Gombrich. He wrote it for kids and it is the best history book I've ever read (actually, listened to). ;)
Cheers from Brazil!

joseph's art and stuff said...

Just checked out your site...excellent work and some good reading too.

Tommy Kane said...

Thanks for all the feedback.

LitPark said...

Finally catching up on all the art and thoughts over here. Have missed this place and look forward to what you bring back from L.A.

Just got picked up to be a part of a new NPR show, so have been listening to the book, THIS I BELIEVE, on CD because Jay Allison will be my boss.

ksklein said...

i would love to hear all the fcts i didn´t know yet - specially at work.

BergAdder said...

How about the Pirate's Lafitte? It's a bit too dense for me, but I think it'd be fascinating if you're into history. It's all about pirating around the gulf etc during colonial times.

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